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Title: Criterion 6 Indicator 28: Total and Per Capita Consumption of Wood and Wood Products in Round Wood Equivalents

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, FPL-RN-0317, 2010

Author(s)Howard; James L.; Westby; Rebecca; Skog; Kenneth E.

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Research Notes
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-5A

Abstract: Total consumption of wood and paper products and fuelwood in roundwood equivalents, increased between 1965 and 1988 from 13.2 to 18.9 billion cubic feet. Since 1988, it has been about 20 billion cubic feet per year. Total per capita consumption increased between 1965 and 1987, from 68 to 83 ft3 per year. Since 1987 through 2006, per capita consumption has declined to 68 ft3 per year. Consumption excluding fuelwood increased steadily between 1965 and 2006, from 12.3 to 18.8 billion cubic feet. Most of the increase occurred between 1965 and 1988. Per capita consumption excluding fuelwood, has been relatively stable, averaging 63 ft3 per year. So, in roundwood equivalents, wood and paper products consumption has been increasing at roughly the pace of population. Total consumption has been increasing faster than domestic harvest as net imports of wood and paper products have increased. If consumption continues to increase faster than domestic harvest, then an increasing proportion of the environmental and economic effects of our consumption will be felt in forests in other countries that export products to the U.S.

Keywords: Wood quality; United States; statistics; forest products industries; merchantable volume; economic evaluation; market surveys; wood products; supply balance; sustainability; indicators; timber trade; roundwood consumption; roundwood harvest; per capita consumption; per capita harvest

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 894 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/23/2010

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RITS Product ID: 36297
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Howard, James L.
Skog, Kenneth E.
Supervisory Research Forester

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